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'Duck and green peas! For ever!' : finding utopia in Tasmania / Alison Alexander
Bib ID 7834303
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Alexander, Alison, 1949 September 23- author
 
Description Hobart, TAS : Fullers Publishing, 2018 
202 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 28 cm. 
ISBN 9780648218050 (paperback)
Summary

"‘Duck and green peas! For ever!’ This was a convict girl’s version of utopia in Tasmania. A beautiful heart-shaped island in the southern sea, surely this was a good place to look for your heart’s desire. How many other people have searched for or stumbled upon utopia in Tasmania? Quite a few, as it turns out. They range from Aborigines to modern commune-dwellers, from scheming settlers to hopeful farmers, from young families escaping the devastation of war in Europe to those building a bomb-proof bunker in the Tasmania bush.They looked to find utopia in the most unlikely places – Port Davey, Elephant Pass, Jackey’s Marsh, Cygnet, Lake Pedder, Castra. Some hoped to bring about utopia by political means; some dreamed of individual utopias. Sometimes they succeeded. Sometimes they failed. This book tells their stories." --Back page.

Full contents
  • 1. Happy children of nature: the Tasmanian Aborigines
  • 2. 'They glory in their misdeeds': heaven for crooks
  • 3. 'I want for Nothing but my Liberty': utopia for some convicts
  • 4. 'England with a finer sky': paradise for free settlers
  • 5. 'An antipodean Garden of Eden': yeoman farmers and evangelists
  • 6. 'Peace, purity and prosperity': utopia for, or without convicts?
  • 7. 'Great, glorious and free?', independent Tasmania
  • 8. 'Paradise is found!', the prosperous 1880s
  • 9. In the doldrums: secessionists and yeoman farmers
  • 'This romantic island, with its great wild beauty': five utopians
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Utopias -- Tasmania -- History.  |  Quality of life -- Tasmania -- History.  |  Aboriginal Tasmanians.  |  Convicts -- Tasmania.  |  Colonists -- Tasmania.  |  Environmentalism -- Tasmania -- History.  |  Immigrants -- Tasmania -- Attitudes.  |  Palawa / Tasmanian people (Tas)  |  Tasmania -- History.  |  Tasmania -- Biography.  |  Tasmania -- Social conditions.  |  Tasmania -- Social life and customs.  |  Australian
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